So, I've been caught up in a bit of tag creation scandal lately. I have sufficient privileges to create new tags and do so when I feel they benefit the site. So far, in my six months here, I have created two or three tags. Each of these have been met with some resistance.
I have tried posting metas first, but that seems to result in bickering between the people who care about categorization and an utter lack of interest from the community at large. It took a few days to decide to hash out the details, and by then I had more important obligations. I completely forgot about it until a mod pinged me saying it had been created. This does not feel like a productive way to go about creating new tags.
So, the next time I thought we could use a new tag, I simply created it. I was slowly adding it to qualified questions as I had time. This activity seemed to go unnoticed until I posted a meta (more or less just to have a visible place to save my candidate question search). Then it kind of hit the fan with debate, and has since been in limbo. Again, tag metas don't seen to gain the interest of the community at large.
Now, please don't get me wrong, some very good things came out of those conversations. However, it's nothing that wouldn't have eventually been handled with a synonym.
Do we really need to be talking about each and every tag before it is created? This seems really counter productive to me.